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FIU Launches Sea Level Solutions Center
With rising seas threatening coastal communities all across the world, Florida International University has launched the Sea Level Solutions Center in Miami to help people understand, adapt, and persevere. FIU ecologist Tiffany Troxler will serve as director. More >
NSF Awards $12 Million for Urban Water Sustainability Research Network
David Letson and Kenny Broad (UM) are among the network's principal investigators and will help design innovative technological solutions, such as green infrastructure, sustainable urban drainage networks, and floodplains. More >
NSF Grant Aims to Build More Livable Cities
Richard Feiock (FSU) is among researchers at nine universities who will share a $12 million grant to build a network of scientists, industry leaders, and policy partners committed to building better cities by re-imagining energy grids, road networks, green spaces, and food and water systems. More >

Confronting Weather Extremes through Infrastructure Resiliency
FIU biologists Evelyn Gaiser, John Kominoski, and Tiffany Troxler are part of the new NSF-funded Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network that will develop tools to support the development of urban infrastructure that is resilient and tailored to particular cities. More >
Volcano Spewing Carbon Dioxide Drives Coral to Give Way to Algae
Scientists from NOAA and the University of Miami have documented a dramatic shift from vibrant coral communities to carpets of algae in remote Pacific Ocean waters where an underwater volcano spews carbon dioxide. The new research provides a stark look into the future of ocean acidification. More >
Migrating Amazonian Trees Cause for Concern
Tropical forests in the Andes Mountains are changing in the face of climate change. A new study published in PNAS and co-authored by Kenneth Feeley (FIU) reveals the number of highland tree species is decreasing as a result of lowland tree species moving upslope in response to rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns. More >
Florida Sea Grant Director Karl Havens has been named a member of the National Academy committee on Everglades restoration. More > 
FSU professors Allan Clarke and Jeff Chanton have been named fellows of the American Geophysical Union. More >

David Markell, Steven M. Goldstein Professor, the FSU College of Law, will serve as a David Sive Visiting Scholar at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School during the Fall 2015 semester.
Other Notes

USGS has a produced a helpful document titled, Sea-level rise modeling handbook: Resource guide for coastal land managers, engineers, and scientists. The press release on the handbook is available here.
EcoWatch has published an article on drought in South Florida.

Florida Events
Sep 1-2, 2015 | South Florida Climate Fundamentals Workshop | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Sep 21-22, 2015 | FEMA Climate Resilience Seminar | Miami, FL

Sep 22-23, 2015 | 2015 Coastal Adaptation and Resilience in Tampa Bay | St. Petersburg, FL

Sep 28-30, 2015 | Tampa Bay Area Scientific Information Symposium (BASIC 6): Navigating Changing Tides | St. Petersburg, FL

Sep 28-30, 2015 | Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training | Miami, FL

Oct 20-Nov 21, 2015 | Florida 3.0: Reinventing our Future | Miami, FL

Nov 2, 2015 | Lecture with Dr. Naomi Oreskes | Gainesville, FL & Online

Nov 16-19, 2015 | National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium | Tampa, FL

Nov 20, 2015 | Lecture with Dr. David Titley & Julia Gourley: Climate Change, the Arctic, and National Security | Gainesville, FL & Online

Dec 1-3, 2015 | Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit | Key West, FL

Jan 25-27, 2016 | Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference | Tampa, FL

Sep 9-11, 2015 | US CLIVAR Virtual Workshop: Observing & Modeling Climate Variability in the Intra-Americas Seas & Impacts on the Continental Americas & the Caribbean | Online

Oct 11-14, 2015 | 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security | Ithaca, NY

Oct 15-16, 2015 | US CLIVAR Workshop: Translating Process Understanding to Improve Climate Models | Princeton, NJ

Oct 19-20, 2015 | Southeast Climate Consortium Fall Meeting | Athens, GA

Oct 27-28, 2015 | Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation for Conservation Training & Coaching Session | Memphis, TN

Nov 12-13, 2015 | Rising Seas Summit | Cambridge, MA

May 9-13, 2016 | US-Netherlands Connection (USNC) Professional Program | The Netherlands

FCI authors are in bold.
Duquea, A., Stevensonb, P. R., & Feeley, K. J. (2015). Thermophilization of adult and juvenile tree communities in the northern tropical Andes. PNAS, 112(34), 10744-10749.

Felter, L., Irani, T., Monaghan, P., Carter, H., & Dukes, M. (2015). It's Going To Take More Innovation Than Technology To Increase Water Conservation Practices. Technology & Innovation, 17(1), 5-19.

Klepac, C., Beal, J., Kenkel, C., Sproles, A., Polinski, J., Williams, M., Matz, M. V., & Voss, J. D. (2015). Seasonal stability of coral-Symbiodinium associations in the subtropical coral habitat of St. Lucie Reef, Florida. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 532, 137-151.

Machovina, B., Feeley, K. J., & Ripple, W. J. (2015). Biodiversity conservation: The key is reducing meat consumption. Science of The Total Environment, 536, 419-431.

Mann, P. J., Eglinton, T. I., McIntyre, C. P., Zimov, N., Davydova, A., Vonk, J. E., Holmes, R. M., & Spencer, R. G. M. (2015). Utilization of ancient permafrost carbon in headwaters of Arctic fluvial networks. Nat Comms, 6, 7856.

Mitsova, D. (2014). Coupling Land Use Change Modeling with Climate Projections to Estimate Seasonal Variability in Runoff from an Urbanizing Catchment Near Cincinnati, Ohio. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf., 3(4), 1256-1277.

Oliver-Smith, A. (2014). Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Highland Peru. In B.C. Glavovic and G.P. Smith (Ed.), Adapting to Climate Change Environmental Hazards (pp. 77-100). Springer Netherlands.

Oliver-Smith, A. (2014). Climate Change, Displacement and Resettlement. In S. Leckie (Ed.),  Land Solutions for Climate Displacement (pp. 53-109). Oxford and New York: Routledge.

Walsh, K. J. E., Camargo, S. J., Vecchi, G. A., Daloz, A. S., Elsner, J., ... Strazzo, S., ... LaRow, T., et al. (2015). Hurricanes and Climate: The U.S. CLIVAR Working Group on Hurricanes. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96(6), 997-1017.

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